War horse1 wrote:
In the case of stealth suits i always put the ATS on the bust cannons and multi tracker on the fusion blaster, in my mind we already have enough S5 AP0 weapons from FWs ang gun drones.
I read an article recently saying 8th edition is the age of mobility, AP, and multi damage, and i agree with this whole heartedly. But i find most people saying that they would rather (specifically for crisis and commanders) the extra gun that the ATS, which is true in some cases but in others it baffles me.
Generally, I agree with your praise of ATS as a support system. Whether it's 'good' seems really dependent on the restrictions of the unit taking it, as any unit where it doesn't displace a weapon hard point commonly takes it. The situations the seem most contested seem to be Crisis teams and Commanders, and the consensus seem to have shifted over time.
Particularly, in the context of Cyclic Ion Blaster there's been an argument that 9x CIB is more efficient then the 6x CIB ATS equivalent against all the same targets. Previously, it was thought that the ATS load out was both slightly cheaper, and virtually equivalent. I'm still using a combination of CIB DC and ATS until I hear a compelling argument.
I think it definitely make the burst cannon more useful, but using it on stealth teams is slightly problematic. Yes, it gives their weapon greater utility, but having to buy one ATS per cannon feels bad, especially considering the alternatives such as an XV-9 or a coldstar benefiting multiple weapons.
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